Qatar denied on Thursday that it plans to quit the Gulf Cooperation Council as it prepares for three years of isolation, led by the regional block heavyweight Saudi Arabia.
However, the gas-rich state warned that efforts by three of the GCC's six members to isolate Doha economically and politically led to people in the region "questioning and questioning" the organization.
In recent weeks there have been rumors in the golf capitals of Qatar's imminent exit from the GCC, headquartered in Riyadh, founded in 1981. Analysts and diplomats pointed this out.
"Reports claiming Qatar is considering leaving the Gulf Cooperation Council are completely false and unfounded," said Qatar's Deputy Foreign Minister Lolwah al-Khater.
"Such rumors must have come from people's despair and disappointment over a broken GCC that used to be a source of hope and aspiration for people in the six member countries," she said.
"As we reach the third year of the illegal blockade of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain against Qatar, it is no wonder why people in the GCC question and question the GCC as an institution. Qatar hopes that the GCC will again be a platform for collaboration and coordination. Given the challenges facing our region, an effective GCC is needed today more than ever, "she added
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, as well as non-GCC member Egypt, abruptly broke diplomatic, economic and travel relations with Doha in June 2017 because they insisted that Qatar was too close to Iran and supported radical Islamist movements .
Qatar vigorously denied the indictment and refused to oppose one of the 13 demands made by its allies that became opponents. These include the closure of the Al Jazeera communications network based in Doha and the closure of a Turkish base.
The dispute enters its third year on June 5.
"Qatarians wonder what benefits membership of the Gulf Cooperation Council has given the Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates organization has been seized to force the smaller states to follow, while no initiative is taken to address them To end the Gulf crisis. " "said the assistant professor at King’s College, Andreas Krieg.
Oman and Kuwait are the other two members of the body that, together with Qatar and its regional rivals, oversees regional economic and military coordination.
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